End of Year Countdown Grow Wild 2017

With the end of the year fast approaching we're looking back at some of the best bits of Grow Wild 2017... From fungus fun and seed saving to exhibitions, stories from our Grow Wilders and of course beautiful wildflowers across the UK.

January 

In January, the Magilligan prison in Northern Ireland started growing seed plugs which were later handed out to over 45 schools and community groups so that they could join in with the Spring growing season.

Northern Ireland engagement manager Stephanie Baine with school group and plugs

February

In February we supported the Show The Love campaign... Keep an eye out for more in 2018!

The Grow Wild team dressed as wildflowers

March

March saw our brand new community projects selected. Applications for community project funding 2018 are open now!

April

In April we began visiting our community projects to see what they were up to

Grow Wild content editor Alice with Skelton Grange community group in Leeds

May

In May we delved into the wonderful kingdom of fungi with Hannah Grows. 

And this awesome timelapse!

June

June saw our Get Creative youth takeover in Edinburgh, where young artists showcased their wildflower inspired artwork. 

July

In July we visited some of our kit groups, including Digging Deeside in North Wales and Foston Hall women's prison in Derby, where we found an array of beautiful wildflowers and equally beautiful stories of what being involved with Grow Wild has meant to people across the UK. Plus the Tale of Two Cities story booklet started it's tour of the UK.

Digging Deeside participants smile

August

In August we met some of our Grow Wild mentors, including Hugh, an ex-army paratrouper from Sunderland and Bridie and Mimi, two young women bursting with ideas to inspire all generations in their community in Carmarthen, Wales.

Mimi and Bridie laughing

Plus young people showcased their fungi inspired music at 'Listen What Grows Here', one of our community projects in Glasgow, Scotland. 

September 

Autumn sowing season began and Hannah Grows was on hand to show us how to save our wildflower seeds and how to create a heart shaped wildflower patch!

And in Northern Ireland Grow Wild partnered with Belfast City Council to hold a seed saving training day for community groups. Stephanie, our Northern Ireland engagement manager said: "The day was a great success, with sunshine and beautiful meadows in which to enjoy collecting wildflower seeds. The idea generated so much interest that we could have run it twice over. Many communities that had not been in touch with Grow Wild before came and enjoyed the experience. Thanks to Orla from Belfast City Council, Kerry from Grow Wild and all of the mentors who helped out on the day."

Two women place some seeds into an envelope

October

In October Hannah showed us how to build a solitary bee house from recyced materials, the perfect weekend activity for those colder days. 

November

With winter drawing in, we discovered the wildflowers that would have been seen by WWI soldiers on the Somme in 1917 and by those who visited to remember 100 years on.

A man dressed as a WW1 soldier walks through wildflowers

And Ben, our North England engagement manager visited the Calderdale corridor of colour

Which brings us all the way to December! 

Have a very Merry Christmas and we'll see you in the new year.

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